E. R. Jordan is the popular and capable cashier of the Guaranty Bank of Knoxville, which is one of the reliable
financial institutions of the city. He was born near Pleasantville in 1883 of the marriage of John and Mary E.
(Ruddell) Jordan, both natives of Adams county, Illinois, where their marriage occurred. The paternal grandfather,
William F. Jordan, came to this state in the '40s and entered the land where Pleasantville now stands. The father,
who was a farmer and also a merchant, passed away in 1898 and was survived by his widow until 1903. He was the
father of seven children, three by a former marriage, one of whom is deceased, and four by the mother of the subject
of this review. Two of that family have passed away. Two uncles of our subject, Miles and Wesley Jordan, were prominent
merchants of Pleasantville for a number of years.
E. R. Jordan completed a commercial course in Elliott's Business College after graduating from the public schools
and at the age of seventeen years entered the Citizens Bank of Pleasantville as bookkeeper and in time became cashier.
In 1913 he accepted the position of cashier of the Guaranty Bank of Knoxville, in which connection he is still
serving. The institution is a private bank and its ownership is vested in a copartnership comprising twenty six
members. It gives its depositors the largest security of any bank in the county, more than three thousand acres
of Iowa land, over twenty seven hundred of which are in this county. Mr. Jordan's knowledge of business affairs
in general and of banking procedure in particular has been of great value to the bank and has contributed in large
measure to the prosperity which the institution enjoys.
Mr. Jordan was married in 1907 to Miss Lillis Hays, of Audubon, this state. He is a member of the Christian church
and a democrat in his political belief. Fraternally he belongs to the local lodge of the Independent Order of Odd
Fellows, of which he is past noble grand, and to the blue lodge and chapter of the Masonic fraternity. Since coming
to Knoxville he has gained recognition as an energetic, prudent and successful business man and has also won many
warm friends, who esteem him for his admirable traits of character.
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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